Manta Ray Dive

Manta Ray Dive
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
Date: 06/08/2016


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Sarina Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Bothell Reef:    2.00
State:   Wa - Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    1.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   237 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    2.78
I had heard from other divers that it was worth the money to just do this from a boat, but I am cheap, er....frugal. We scoped it out on a night before we went to be sure we weren't doing something insane. I ran into some free divers and snorkelers out to save some dough too. So, I know people do it. We found the entry site noted here to be a bit scary so we entered and exited at the exit point which offered us a place to get out of crashing waves for both purposes. It is easy to get turned around on the dive with all of the excitement, so take a good compass heading. Someone kicked mine, so my return was all goofed up. However, when we surfaced, we were able to swim toward the three lights grouped together and that helped us get to near the right spot where we could get out. I recommend scrapping this dive if conditions are rough. It is easy to get knocked around during entry/exit, there are many urchins here to impale yourself on. Also, when you are out under the mantas be cautious of the rocks in front of the Sheraton. There is some decent surge out there trying to push you toward the rocks. I would not suggest this for the faint of heart or those who are newly certified and nervous. The swim is nothing to sneeze at and the entry is pretty rough compared to sand walk in entries other places. Bring 2 lights each, one always seems to malfunction. Also, watch your dive buoy. Ours seemed to get stuck on a boat as we swam out and it took some retracing steps to disentangle it. There are a lot of boats and snorkelers out there. Just use prudence and caution. Get some cheap glow sticks at Target or Walmart. Put them on all divers, snorkelers, and even your dive buoy for safety.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2016
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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